Statistics Finland's archive of death certificates contains death certificates starting from 1936.
By application, Statistics Finland can release data included in death certificates on individual level for scientific research and statistical surveys in compliance with the provisions of the Act on the determination of cause of death and the Act on the Openness of Government Activities. Statistics Finland's archive of death certificates includes death certificates from 1936 onwards. The time of secrecy for death certificate data is 50 years from the death of the person.
In order to obtain the data a written permission to use data files must be requested from Statistics Finland. Where needed, cause of death data and/or copies of death certificates can be released. The data and copies of death certificates for research purposes are subject to payment. If only information about the time of death is needed, it must be asked from the Population Register Centre.
Based on the act, the nearest relative of the deceased (in direct descending line) or a corresponding closest relation can obtain a copy of the death certificate.
The request must include the deceased person's first name and surname, date of birth, date of death, municipality of domicile (parish for those born from 1936 to 1955) at the time of death, the applicant's family connection to the deceased, name, telephone number and signature. The request for data should be addressed to Statistics Finland, Causes of death, P.O.Box 4B, FI-00022 STATISTICS FINLAND. The request may also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, death certificate data can also be given to the insurance or pension institution handling an application for a benefit and also to the court of law, authorities or other bodies with the right to acquire data as laid down in the act.